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Most small cars conceived are for simple, economical transportation. You buy a small car because you want to get good gas mileage and not pay too much. Many of today’s leading small sedans and hatchbacks can rightly be called economy cars. Models like the Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla are far from basic, rudimentary transportation, […]

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Today’s all-electric cars have made great strides toward everyday usability, with rapidly growing ranges. Even the cheapest models like the Nissan Leaf can now go 150 miles per charge, while the famous Teslas — along with a growing number of other electric vehicles — manage well over 200 miles. But if you’re not ready for […]

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The most family-friendly crossovers are essentially big boxes on wheels. They focus on maximum interior space for the money, the smoothest possible ride, and tons of safety features. Most best-selling seven-passenger crossovers — like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Traverse — are functional and thoroughly unexciting. If you’re looking for something with a […]

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In fall 2017, we tested two popular compact crossovers: the Nissan Rogue and the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. At the time, we found the Hyundai to be the fancier-feeling vehicle, while Nissan’s Rogue was the better value for the money. Just over two years later, we tried them out again. Since that time, the Hyundai […]

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Some cars are the stuff of dreams: exotics that are fun to imagine but nearly impossible to obtain. Italian luxury brands like Ferrari and Lamborghini make up a big part of such lists. But one of their countrymen is much more attainable, and few people are noticing. This brand sells an exotic aura for less […]

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The Volkswagen GTI is a performance icon for the German brand. This more powerful, sharper-handling version of the Golf hatchback invented the “hot hatch” market segment back in the 1970s, ushering in a string of successful and less successful imitators. The idea is to take an ordinary economy car and turn it into a fun-to-drive […]

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A decade ago, Nissan stripped the features out of its entry-level Versa sedan to make it the least expensive car sold in America at $9,990. At this price, it had a manual transmission, crank windows and not even a radio or air conditioner, but the 2009 Versa offered a spacious interior at a ridiculously low […]

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Some cars look great on paper. They are inexpensive, have tons of cargo space and get great gas mileage. Other cars can charm you once you see them in person, winning you over with cleverly executed features, an enjoyable driving experience and perfectly shaped seats. Then there are those whose appeal is more personal. Those […]

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At their heart, the Cadillac Escalade and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport offer a similar first-impression appeal. These luxury SUVs deliver exuberant, flamboyant, ritzy styling that creates an instant “cool factor.” When you pull up and clamber down from their lavishly trimmed leather seats, people notice. And it’s not all about image. Both of […]

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If you have owned a Subaru sedan from just about any time in the last 30 years, the pros and cons of the redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy will likely sound familiar. The Legacy midsize sedan delivers an exemplary safety record, a comfortable cabin and a stellar all-wheel-drive system as standard equipment. But it is not […]

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The Toyota Corolla enjoys a sterling reputation in the compact sedan class. Yet in recent years, that reputation was available at some of the segment’s lowest prices. That is a tempting combination. But the Corolla was backing up its budget-friendly price with a budget-grade interior, a budget-grade driving experience and a low-tech engine with merely […]

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It is easy to own a car with a gasoline engine. More than a century of automotive infrastructure is built around cheap, plentiful and convenient gas. You are rarely far from a station, and it takes just a couple of minutes to get several hundred miles’ worths of driving range. Electric vehicles, meanwhile, emit less […]

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Mercedes-Benz enjoys a carefully curated image of luxury. The name evokes top-notch engineering, supreme levels of comfort, the latest cutting-edge technology, beautifully finished interiors, superior driving dynamics and near-perfect style. This image applies to a substantial chunk of the Mercedes lineup — even the C-Class compact sedan, one of the brand’s entry-level models in the […]

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When you design a crossover with three rows of seats, there are typically two approaches: One is to go all-business, creating a big box with lots of space and family-friendly amenities. The other is to make a car that’s more elegant, sporty or otherwise stylish, at the expense of maximizing utility. This month, we enjoyed […]

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Over the summer, we tested a Toyota 4Runner — a hardy, tough, off-road-ready midsize SUV that time forgot. It is not only a throwback for its rugged capabilities in an era of light-duty mild-mannered crossovers, but also for its dated interior design, limited infotainment functionality and fuel-thirsty engine. The 4Runner is like the Jeep Wrangler […]

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For decades, the Ford Ranger was America’s go-to cheap truck. Small, hardy and inexpensive, it was a go-to vehicle for workmen, businesses and anyone who just wanted affordable, durable transportation. Ford discontinued the Ranger back in 2011 to focus on the more profitable full-size F-150 pickup. But in other global markets, Ford kept selling a […]

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What makes a car fun? Does it need to be an exquisitely engineered machine, meticulously crafted in the pursuit of driving pleasure? Or is a car already fun if it combines spiffy looks with a halfway decent driving experience? We recently tested both types of fun cars, and both can be the perfect fit for […]

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When designing a three-row crossover SUV, auto makers must navigate a careful balance. On the one hand, if they make their new vehicle too small or focus too much on flashy design over everyday functionality, families will turn to a roomier, more-practical competitor. But at the same time, models that are too big, roomy and […]

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The Volkswagen Golf is one of the world’s favorite cars. It is a global winner for combining a premium-grade ride and handling, decent roominess in a small footprint and fuel-efficient engines. However, the latter quality keeps skipping the U.S. market. Except for the Golf’s optional diesel engines, which VW no longer offers, the compact Golfs […]

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In a way, the evolution of the Mitsubishi Eclipse is a sign of the automotive times. At its 1990s heyday, the Eclipse was a popular sporty car — a low, light, three-door hatchback that enjoyed extensive screen time in the original “The Fast and the Furious” film.  But when Mitsubishi reintroduced the name last year, […]

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Newly redesigned this year, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a well-rounded compact crossover offering a pleasant ride, decent handling, a spacious and comfortable interior and tons of standard safety features. But when we tested one this past spring, we did not love the engine. Although it has more horsepower than most of its competitors, the […]

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When most Americans think about Korean cars, they’re likely to picture affordable prices. Or, if they are feeling less charitable, they might reflect on Hyundai and Kia’s shoddy quality from the 1990s. But folks who have been following the auto industry know that these brands – which have the same corporate parent and share many […]

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Most cars lose popularity as they get older. If automakers do not invest in keeping their power trains, aesthetics and driving experiences up to date, customers flee to the competition. But for the 2019 Toyota 4Runner, the opposite is true. Toyota has done almost nothing to this midsize SUV since redesigning it back in 2010 […]

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For a price of around $20,000, you can get a good compact sedan with a smooth, quiet ride; a well-finished interior; and up-to-date technology. Or you can trade some of the sedan’s polished refinement and eco-friendly fuel economy for extra cargo space and higher seating position of a subcompact crossover. Or, you could choose the […]

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Think about a Volkswagen hatchback, and you will likely picture the Golf, the little economy car that is consistently one of the world’s best-selling vehicles. Or maybe it is the retro-styled Beetle that will come first to your mind. But this year, VW has added another — and very different — hatchback to its lineup. […]

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The Toyota Prius is hardly the only hybrid on the market today. It’s no longer even the best-selling hybrid, newly edged out by the gas-electric version of the Toyota RAV4 crossover. But the Prius is still the quintessential hybrid, with instantly recognizable looks and leading name recognition, even if sales have slipped amid heightened competition […]

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Some folks who buy luxury cars want them to command attention — to stand out in a crowd —  and to remind them every day that it’s a glorious machine. But for other buyers, the best thing about a luxury car is that it does everything so well that you never have to think about […]

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Do you want a small SUV but feel that today’s best-sellers just aren’t all that small? The Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4 offer tons of interior space for the money, so it’s no surprise that they’re broadly appealing. But they’ve grown to nearly the size of the original Ford Explorer. That’s why the […]

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The Chevrolet Blazer spent its life as a traditional SUV, an enclosed version of a pickup truck. Like most SUVs, it evolved into a family-friendly vehicle by the 1990s, when it was Chevy’s answer to the best-selling Ford Explorer. But by the early-2000s, the traditional SUV was in trouble. Honda and Toyota had hit home […]

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Once a staple of the American highway, the full-size sedan is wasting away. Big, cushy road yachts like the Chevy Caprice, Buick Roadmaster and Ford Crown Victoria are long dead. Dwindling demand is killing off their smaller counterparts as the Chevrolet Impala, Buick LaCrosse and Ford Taurus are all due to be discontinued soon. Several […]

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If you bought an SUV back in the 1990s, you might be familiar with the first Honda Passport. When SUVs were becoming ubiquitous on American streets but Honda had not yet developed one as the company worked out a deal with truck maker Isuzu to sell the Rodeo SUV under the Honda Passport name. (In […]

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For decades, the Toyota Camry midsize sedan stood at the top of the company’s best-seller list. It was famous for its spaciousness and quiet, refined comfort — though not for having tons of personality. Now, compact crossovers have displaced midsize sedans as the market’s favorite segment. So, not surprisingly, the best-selling Toyota is now the […]

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If you wanted a relatively affordable vehicle that could tackle off-road conditions or just show the world that it can, you have two main options: a pickup truck or a Jeep. Now, with the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, you can have both at the same time. The new Gladiator, which is just hitting dealerships, brings the […]

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When you buy a luxury car, are you looking for merely a top-notch machine, or also a measure of exclusivity? In the compact luxury sports sedan class, a favorite is the BMW 3 Series. It’s widely regarded for its sharp handling, ample in-cabin technology, and punchy, yet fuel-efficient, engine. But you’ll see a dozen 3 […]

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When you call something a great value, there are two ways to reach that definition. The most-obvious one is something that doesn’t cost very much — that’s less expensive than similar alternatives. But even something relatively expensive can be a great value, if it delivers more than you’d expect for what it costs. In the […]

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Do you want a luxury SUV but feel they’ve gotten way too expensive? Even today’s smallest premium crossovers tend to start in the mid- to upper-$30,000s and quickly soar as options are added. The all-new 2019 Lexus UX takes a step toward keeping prices in check. True, it is still priced like a luxury car, […]

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The typical idea of a luxury car is pure magnificence, meticulously crafted and artfully engineered, with few expenses spared in creating the most-beautiful, best-driving machine. Of course, pure magnificence is expensive to design and manufacture. And the world’s best-looking, best-driving vehicles — even in inherently useful market classes like seven-passenger crossover SUVs — often don’t […]

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BOYDS – The Washington Spirit ended their pre-season with a last-minute 1-0 win over college side Virginia Tech to end their preseason on a positive note. [Click here to check out our game photos in our photo gallery!] On a gorgeous April 6 evening at Maureen Hendricks Field, the Spirit showed its preparedness for a […]

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In the automotive world, the rivalry between the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord goes back decades. They’re the No. 1 and No. 2 best-selling midsize sedans, and both boast loyal followings and longtime critical acclaim. But as we’ve written before, the Camry and Accord are different styles of midsize sedans, especially in their current iterations. […]

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For many crossover buyers, utility is a logical top priority. They’re paying extra for a crossover over a sedan because they want its extra cargo room. But maybe you like the idea of some extra luggage space without going for an all-business box on wheels. Maybe you’d trade a few cubic feet for a sportier […]

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Small used to be an anathema to Cadillac. The brand’s style of luxury was achieved through maximum spaciousness and imposing size. Anything smaller than a boat was a weak compromise, exemplified by the 1982 Cimarron, which was essentially a Chevy Cavalier with leather upholstery. The historic Cadillac legacy lives on in the Escalade full-size SUV.  […]

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Crossovers are everywhere. They’re now America’s dominant market segment. Essentially passenger cars wearing SUV bodies, crossovers are designed to combine the easy driving experience of a car with the utility of an SUV. But despite crossovers’ exploding popularity, some buyers are looking at the sea of Toyota RAV4s, Honda CR-Vs and Ford Escapes and wishing […]

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In pretty much any automotive market class, there are two basic paths to excellence. The first is to implement some truly dazzling innovation or other outstanding quality. The second is to quietly do everything at least pretty well without screwing up too badly. In the full-size half-ton pickup truck segment, the best-selling Ford F-150 and […]

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If you’re looking for the minivan with the best ride and handling, the best crash-test results and the most-comfortable seats, look no further than the Honda Odyssey. This van is the class standout in those categories, while also offering a well-rounded experience with no glaring faults. Its closest rival for the best-in-class title is the […]

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Most of the world is used to European cars at all price points — including ultra-cheap economy cars from such brands as Renault, Opel and Škoda. Americans don’t get those brands. European cars here tend to be luxury cars like BMWs, Jaguars and Audis. However, we do have Volkswagen. Its cars and crossovers exhibit the […]

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In the midsize luxury-crossover segment, large families make up a large segment of the buying population. That’s not too surprising, if you’ve ever looked at the price tags for fully-loaded family cars even from mainstream brands — crossovers and minivans that reach or even exceed $50,000 with all the options. When you’re looking at $50,000 […]

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Three compact cars have recently appeared on Car and Driver magazine’s annual “10 Best Cars” list: the Mazda3, Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf. These models stand apart from the economy-car norm by providing a higher grade of refinement, luxury and driving enjoyment. They’re not cars you buy only because that’s as much money as you […]

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In the mountainous regions of New England and the Rocky Mountains, Subarus reign supreme. They come standard with a highly regarded all-wheel drive system that sets them apart from the competition. So what better time to try out the redesigned 2019 Subaru Forester compact crossover than during this month’s snowfall? The latest Forester is a […]

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Who wants a full-size luxury sedan? Who wants to spend close to $100,000 (or more) for a vehicle that’s too big to be a sports car and yet too small to carry more than five people? Some carmakers have concluded that the luxury market is better served by big SUVs than big cars. Cadillac is […]

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Do you miss the 1996 Toyota RAV4 or Geo Tracker? These were tall, cheap, stubby little SUVs that bore little resemblance to today’s compact crossovers. They were cheeky and fun rather than polished, spacious andrefined. Today’s RAV4 and its closest competitors are – comparatively speaking – big, soft and quiet. They’re functional, comfortable and fuel-efficient. […]

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Are you interested in a small car with a low price and a spacious back seat, and don’t care much about a fancy interior, the latest smartphone integration features or a sporty driving experience? If so, the 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan is one of the options you’ll want to consider. And if you want the […]